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Social Work

Broad Range of Integrated Clinical Interventions

The Division of Behavioral Neurology's team of social workers provide a broad range of integrated clinical interventions in neurology ambulatory settings.

Patients Treated

Patients served by this team:

  • All have underlying neurologic disease or syndromes
  • Many also have psychiatric illness and/or neuro-cognitive deficits, including:
    • Dementia
    • Attention deficit disorder
    • ALS
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Asperger's Syndrome
    • Epilepsy
    • Stroke
    • Head injury

Interdisciplinary Team

The interdisciplinary cognitive neurology team includes, in addition to social workers, neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, and neuropsychologists. Outpatient mental health services are also provided for specialty clinics including multiple sclerosis, ALS, women's health, and Epilepsy.

Family Involvement Integral to Care

The social work team views family involvement as integral to the care of the neurologic patient. Often the family caregiver is "the hidden patient" and becomes the focus for social work intervention.

Appropriate Referrals

Patients that receive help from social workers may include those:

  • who are involved in research protocols or experimental drug trials
  • who are contemplating surgical intervention
  • who may have trouble following providers' suggestions
  • with work or school problems
  • with family stress because of illness
  • with children for whom parenting is difficult
  • with anxiety, depression or behavioral problems
  • for whom there is concern about physical abuse or neglect

Long-Term Planning and Resources

We also provide identification of community resources and assist with long-term planning for patient care.

Contact Information

Cognitive Neurology Unit
Department of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215